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Bet On MLB Online – Things Heating Up In American League Pennant Race This Weekend

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 8/18/2011 6:31:09 PM
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With the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both struggling somewhat over the past couple of weeks, things have opened up in the MLB betting race for the American League pennant, as the defending AL champion Texas Rangers have crept back into the picture. The Rangers had won six straight heading into their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox, moving them to just 2.5 games back of the Yankees for first in the AL.

Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals

Saturday, 7:10 PM ET

Consecutive losses to the Tampa Bay Rays pushed Boston back to a half-game back of the Yankees for first place in the AL East, and while they should have no problem getting into the postseason as the comfortable Wild Card, the Red Sox will not want to settle with the chance at a pennant and home field advantage on the line. Boston has an excellent opportunity to make up the ground that they lost this past week with a weekend series visiting one of the worst teams in baseball, especially considering that two of their better pitchers will get the chance to throw. Veteran Tim Wakefield will once again aim for his 200th career win on Saturday when he throws opposite of Felipe Paulino, who is 1-9 this season with a 4.30 ERA.

MLB Betting Pick: Kansas City Royals

New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins

Saturday, 7:10 PM ET

While the Red Sox look to take advantage of the Royals, there is no sports betting reason to think that the Yankees won’t keep pace as they battle the Twins on the road. AJ Burnett has struggled with his consistency all season, but for the most part he has been able to give the team five innings with no more than three or four earned runs allowed. That should be more than enough to allow the New York offense to pick up the slack against Francisco Liriano, who is 8-9 with a 5.12 ERA this season. The Yankees have scored more runs than any other team, and had 29 in the four games before this series opened on Thursday.
MLB Betting Pick: New York Yankees

Texas Rangers @ Chicago White Sox

Saturday, 7:10 PM ET

The Wild Card in this race has to be the Rangers, who can very well take over top spot in the next week if they can keep their hot streak going. Texas will turn to ace Alex Ogando on Saturday to battle Jon Danks of the White Sox, and while Ogando has struggled somewhat lately, he still has a 12-5 record with a 3.33 ERA. Even despite his recent struggles the team has bailed him out as Texas’ offense has come alive for three straight wins in games that he has started and it wouldn’t be a sports betting bonus surprise to see them get another.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas Rangers

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